Local history is often told through its legends, and these haunted tours in Wisconsin will have you face-to-face with the ghosts of the past, Whether it’s a ghost tour through Milwaukee or Lake Geneva’s many haunts, a stroll through one of Wisconsin’s most haunted cemeteries, visiting the ghosts of Madison around the capital building, exploring the witches of Whitewater, or taking a trolley through the spooky history of Wisconsin Dells.
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Haunted Tours FAQ
What is a ghost tour?
Ghost tours, ghost walks, and haunted history tours are guided tours through buildings, neighborhoods, or cemeteries known for their legends of dark history and ghost phenomenon. They are usually outdoors and require walking in groups. Tours usually stop at each location so the guide can tell the stories of each place. Some tours include paranormal investigations, where the guide may use ghost hunting gear such as divining rods, KII EMF meters, or digital recorders to catch EVPs. Some tours may also provide equipment for participants, or allow you to bring your own.
Author J. Nathan Couch leading a downtown West Bend ghost walk
Take a trolley on the Wisconsin Dells Haunted History Tour
Are ghost walks scary?
Ghost walks usually consist of a guide, sometimes dressed in period clothing, telling stories about the history and haunted legends of specific places. These stories can involve gruesome details about murders and suicide, sometimes in places like old jails, hospitals, or brothels, as they were often the sites of extreme violence in the past. Tours can also include ghost hunting devices or seances to contact the spirits. If any of that sounds scary, triggering, or perhaps inappropriate for the child you want to bring along, it’s probably best to make other plans.
Will I see a ghost on the tour?
You never know what to expect. The spirit world doesn’t have to abide by our schedule, so it’s not likely that you will experience something paranormal during a ghost tour. However, these things do often happen unexpectedly during a tour. Participants in Wisconsin ghost tours have heard strange sounds and disembodied voice, experienced being touched by spirits, and have even snapped photos of things they can’t explain in historical locations.
Hear about this haunted asylum on the Lake Geneva Ghost Walk
From a haunted tour of the Sheboygan Asylum
Do ghost tours happen all year ’round?
Some tours happen all year, while others take place only during the month of October for Halloween. Tours usually take place outside, and may go on rain or shine, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and read the details of the tour so you know what to expect.
Will there be actors on the haunted tour?
Cemetery tours sometimes have actors portraying the historical figures who are buried there in order to tell their story. Most ghost walks usually consist of just one or two guides talking about the ghost stories and history of each location.
Whitewater’s axe-murdering witch Mary Worth